Babies can only handle about 2 hours of wakefulness!

Watch your baby for signals of tiredness and put the baby down to sleep as soon as possible when observed.  A baby who is encouraged to stay awake when their little body is craving sleep is typically unhappy.  Most newborns can only handle about two hours of wakefulness.  Once baby becomes overtired, he will become over-stimulated and find it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.  This, by the way is true of even toddlers.  Crankiness and misbehaving equates to tiredness in older babies.  I find that bedtimes and naptimes don’t necessary match the clock, but should match the baby’s tiredness.  Remind yourself how some days are busier and more physically draining than other days for you.  The same is true for babies.  Some days your baby will just get more tired than other days because he has been learning so much and growing so fast.  Look for signals from your baby indicating he is tired.  Put him down with NapCap at that moment, before he gets overtired.  It may mean in the middle of visiting a friend or halfway through the meal at a restuarant.  This is when NapCap can come to the rescue and block out the light and distractions and babies can fall to sleep in places other than their own crib.  Here are a few sleep signals you can learn to recognize:  yawning, rubbing eyes, fussing, looking vacant, quieting down, lull in activity, disconnect from people and toys, head drooping, and sucking motion.  You may learn your baby has his own special signal for you.  A mother’s keen observation of her baby will really help you both and lead to a pleasant routine of naps and sleep.  NapCap helping babies sleep!

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